Sisyphus & School Reform. Relational trust. Collaboration. Best practices. data-driven decision-making. Close achievement gaps. Differentiated instruction. Evidence-based practices. Turnarounds. Professional development. Welcome to the Cage. A System Built for Another Era.
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Relational trust Collaboration Best practices data-driven decision-making Close achievement gaps Differentiated instruction Evidence-based practices Turnarounds Professional development
Leadership Has Two Halves Cage-Busting Instructional
What Ed Leadership Experts Write About Note: Combined mentions of these terms in Educational Leadership and Phi Delta Kappanfrom January 2009 to September 2012. Searches were performed using an in-text search.
Not Only Is the Cage Ignored… • Leading books on education leadership that never mention “union contract” or “collective bargaining.” • What’s Worth Fighting For in the Principalship, Michael Fullan • School Leadership That Works, Robert Marzano, Timothy Waters, and Brian McNulty • Rethinking Leadership, ThomasSergiovanni • The Shaping School Culture Fieldbook, Kent Peterson and Terrence Deal • Change Leader, Michael Fullan • Leaders of Learning, Richard Dufour and Robert Marzano. • What Great Principals Do Differently, Todd Whitaker • Strengthening the Heartbeat, Thomas Sergiovanni • Shaping School Culture, Terrence Deal and Kent Peterson • Leading with Soul, Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal • Reframing the Path to School Leadership, Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal Searches in this section were performed in May 2012 using the in-text search feature on Amazon.com.
…But Cage-Busting Is Often Belittled • “The worst thing to do is to write off apparently poor or mediocre teachers as dead wood, and seek easy administrative solutions in transfers or retirements.” – Fullan and Hargreaves, What’s Worth Fighting for in Your School • “Running a tight ship” is a “distortion of the goal of educating children.” – Drake and Roe, The Principalship • “Combin[ing] reform with major changes in the structure of the organization . . . is almost always a mistake.” – Ben Levin, How to Change 5000 Schools
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Contract Provisions Are More Ambiguous Than Many Think Frederick M. Hess and Coby Loup, The Leadership Limbo: Teacher Labor Agreements in America’s Fifty Largest School Districts (Washington, DC: The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2008).
“Reforms” Hit a Leadership Wall… Yet the Wall is Rarely Examined • Training& socialization • Incentives & accountability • Culture, norms & practices
Advice for Cage-Busters • Remember your Sun-Tzu • Cage-busting is not cage-fighting • Cage-busting is a complement, not a substitute • John Henry is not a role model • You don’t have to be a martyr
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